Researchers discover and abuse new undocumented feature in Intel chipsets

Researchers discover and abuse new undocumented feature in Intel chipsets

Called Intel Visualization of Internal Signals Architecture (Intel VISA), Positive Technologies researchers Maxim Goryachy and Mark Ermolov said this is a new utility included in modern Intel chipsets to help with testing and debugging on manufacturing lines.

There is mysterious ‘undocumented technology’ hidden on Intel computer chips, researchers say

There is mysterious ‘undocumented technology’ hidden on Intel computer chips, researchers say

‘We found out that it is possible to access Intel VISA on ordinary motherboards, with no specific equipment needed,’ said Positive Technologies expert Maxim Goryachy. Intel told Metro that the VISA vulnerability was real, but said it ‘required physical access’ meaning that hackers couldn’t activate it over the internet and begin stealing information.